MAKING GRIZZLE GROW by Rachna Gilmore

MAKING GRIZZLE GROW

Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Written with humor and creativity, Gilmore’s story dramatizes the tenderness of a parent/child relationship. “Later! It’s always later,” huffs Emily when her dad puts off making a snowman with her. She stomps outside and slams the door, hiding her hurt feelings in anger. She decides to make something big and hungry and maybe even a little mean. Her first dinosaur, dubbed Grizzle, is a Dilophosaurus, who is rather pleasant and sports spring-green scales. But when Grizzle eats a huge stack of snow pizzas, she grows larger and her teeth get snappish. And she wants more! As Emily feeds her creation’s voracious appetite, Grizzle continues to grow and change colors, until she’s a frightening Tyrannosaurus rex. When Dad finally comes outside, Emily’s love outweighs her anger. Watts’s artwork illuminates an already luminous story. Each spread is painted in bright, gleaming colors, featuring rosy-cheeked Emily and her fantastical dinosaurs with a backdrop of glistening white snow. Moving with the ebb and flow of her anger, Emily’s imagination soars, revealing the vulnerability of love and offering a make-believe depiction of the real emotional life of children. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-55041-885-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2007




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